Education: Critics in Baltimore

At Johns Hopkins University last week the weather outside was rainy; indoors it was heavy. Some of America's highest browed literary critics had gathered to discuss just what a critic's job is. Scholars and professors from 30 colleges, professional critics and a handful of writers were there.

The biggest crowd of the conference turned out to hear Princeton's R. P. Black-mur. Said he:

"There is a great deal of obscurity in modern writing which could be cleared up if writers could be forced (only by criticism) to develop a skill in making positive statement . . . whether in verse or in...

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